Heywood Hardy was a highly regarded British painter of animals and equestrian subjects. He also painted landscapes and portraits. Trained initially by his father James Hardy Senior, he soon found his way to the illustrious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied under Isidore Pils. He was a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and his works are held in numerous public collections.
Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Watercolour Society.
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Watercolour Society (Associate).
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, National Trust, Yale Centre for British Art, Sheffield Museum, Royal West of England Academy, Manchester Art Gallery and Bury Museum among others.
A Lion's Head (1878)
The White Greyhound (1880)
Born in Chichester, England, to the artist James Hardy Senior (1801-1879) and Elizabeth Hardy.
Left the family home following an argument with his father. Moved to Keynsham.
Debuted at the Royal Academy with ‘Gyleen, near Cork’ and ‘The shady lane’. Address given as Greenfield Cottage, Southwell Street, Bristol.
Enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied under Isidore Pils (1815-1875). In his spare time, he often studied the old masters at the Louvre.
Moved to Goring, Oxfordshire.
Moved to St John’s Wood, London.
Travelled to Egypt to paint wildlife.
Moved to East Preston, Sussex.